Parliament would on Monday, July 11, 2016, host a public forum to solicit the view of the Ghanaian populace on the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which is seeking to change the day of voting in an election year from December 7 to the first Monday of November in subsequent polls.
The forum would be held by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.
The Bill amends Article 112(4) of the Constitution to make provisions for an effective and smooth transition of power from governing party to another.
Currently, the dates set for the conduct of both Presidential and Parliamentary elections in the country is December 7th while swearing-in takes place on the 7th day of January in the ensuring year.
However, the one month period for the transition of one government to the other, has over the years proved insufficient for a smooth transition, particularly, in instances where there is a run-off election as was the case in 2000 and 2008.
Thus, to ensure that Parliamentary elections are held earlier than the 7th day of December, the Bill seeks to amend article 112(4) of the Constitution to provide for Parliamentary elections to be held on the first Monday of November in every election year.
In furtherance of this endeavor, the Parliament seeks to engage the public to solicit their views on the bill which is currently before the House.
The forum, according to the Acting Director of Public Affairs, Parliament of Ghana, will be held at Committee Rooms 1&2 of the new Parliamentary Office Complex.
Meanwhile, snippets of information picked by Kasapafmonline.com suggest that some members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs are pushing for a nationwide tour in respect of the exercise.
“You can’t expect somebody from Tamale or Wa to travel down to Accra to make a submit his or views on the issue. We have to go the regions and engage the people”, MP for Asuogyamang, Hon. Kofi Osei-Ameyaw noted.